EdenPURE Heaters: Yet another expensive space heater

OMG, It's Bob Vila!

OMG, It's Bob Vila!

I was finishing up November's Popular Science magazine last week and I was at the point where I started getting to the bad advertisements at the end of the magazine.  And much to my surprise, I see yet another expensive space heater advertisement that claims to reduce your energy bills by 50%.  This was a different ad than the Sunheat heater; however it is basically the same product with one major difference:  Bob Vila endorses it!  Woo hoo!!!

This heater is called EdenPURE, and it honestly looks like the same device.  From a forum on the topic comparing EdenPURE and Sunheat a person says:

If you look at Sun Heat and EdenPure, their offers are nearly identical. From what I understand from a local dealer for Sun Heat, EdenPure is a spin-off of theirs, made by a guy who used to work for Sun Heat! Prices are very similar also. EdenPure has a plastic casing. Sun Heat is wood and both have Honeywell thermostats.

And yet the best review of EdenPURE and other expensive space heaters (like Sunheat) comes from one of hte most trusted resources out there: Consumer Reports.  From the Consumer Reports review of the EdenPURE heater:

The unit was the second-lowest-scoring space heater we tested, earning only a 24 out on our 100-point scale. According to the folks in our Tech department who tested space heaters, the EdenPure provided lackluster temperature control and was not particularly easy to use, What's more, it was pricey and lacked an overheat-protection feature (key for safety). The GEN3 models do have this important safety feature, according to BioTech Research.

If you're in the market for a new space heater, be dubious about any heater whose manufacturer claims the appliance will slash your heating bills. Here's why:

For every degree that you lower your home thermostat in the winter, you'll save about 3 percent on heating costs. So the only way to really save with a space heater would be to use the unit in the room you're in and turn down the thermostat elsewhere in the house so that your main heating system would not operate. To save 50 percent on your heating bill, you'd have to lower the home thermostat about 17°F. Also, based on national average fuel prices, using an electric space costs more than twice as much to operate as a natural-gas-fueled central-heating system.

Here's an article from ripoffreport written by someone who used to work at the company that makes Edenpure.  I believe it because they aren't trying to sell anything, just give advice.  I wouldnt put too much stock in the warehouse workers though, I'm sure a lot of companies have those problems.

Some of the more common complaints I've read about the Edenpure heater:

  • Quartz bulb burns out
  • Too expensive (about $300) for a space heater you can buy at Wal-Mart for 1/10th the price
  • Doesn't put out enough heat
  • Raises electricity bills

But hey, at least it wont catch your house on fire.

Bottom Line:

The reason they say it will cut your heating bill by 50% is that you are changing from central heat, to a space heater.  This means that you have to move the heater around to each room you are in to stay comfortable.  It's a change in strategy, not a new amazing product.  I'm going to take our a lame ad in Popular Science with the slogan:

SLASH your Energy Bills FOREVER!!!

Do you know what I'll be selling?  A Snuggie.

Snuggie: Slashes heating bills!

Snuggie: Slashes heating bills!

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How did your electric bill not budge if you cut out all that LP? Something's not adding up.
Pete that could be do to not as harsh of a winter, and your furnace never had to run. The heater probably did not need to turn on that much. Dont tell me you also have a Dyson that dont loose suction? LOL
That's probably it. No, I don't have a Dyson, I fell for the Miele.
We have edenpure as well as oil filled "radiator type" and the oil filled heats the best and keeps the entire large room warm even set on low with 40 degree temps outside. Edenpure does not heat a large room as well, you must sit right beside it to warm up. My oil filled units are over 5 years old and have no problems and only cost $30 to $45.
Perhaps folks should read Fred Bucheit's message again. All electric space heaters have the SAME IDENTICAL EFFICIENCY. Period. End of story. If you don't believe that, I have a great perpetual motion machine I would like you to invest in. Safety may be another matter, but they all take electricity and convert it into heat whether it is by resistance coils or light bulbs or ceramic disks. One kilowatt of electricity converted to heat produces 3,413 Btus per hour. Period. End of story. This is regardless of the type of space heater design it uses. The EdenPure design engineer who says they came up with a quantum leap in electric heater efficiency improvement is a bunch of crap. A 27 cent light bulb from WalMart has the exact same efficiency since it converts electricity to heat just the same. All the anecdotal stories of someone's Uncle Joe or so-and-so's HVAC repair guy saying that this product is so much more efficient than the other product is just so much baloney. Mastic Fan pretty much had it right in his comment, though he sort of pushed his product in the process. Bob Vila's video hammered the loose metal ducts, and rightly so. But the solution is to put the ducts within the conditioned space and then the heat they lose pretty much goes to where you wanted it in the first place. And if you already have the leaky ducts in an attic or crawl space, then seal them up as tight as you can (UL 181 foil tape is better than nothing) since that will have a much faster payback than any space heater you can buy. Having the insulation wrapped around the outside of the metal duct only hides all the leaky seams, it doesn't hold the leaking air in. That is what a lot of the installers plan on, that you won't be able to see how crappy the duct installation really is then you will complain to your electric or gas company about your high heating or cooling bills.
I like your info. Since I don't know much about electricity, I want to make sure I'm understanding what you are saying. Is it possible for one heater to heat a room better by the way it radiates heat?? Is that possible? Or are you saying that how it's made, how it radiates, etc makes no difference in how much it will cost to run it?? I live in way rural America. My electric bills are very high. I'm just interested in cost... I'm trying to find some way to reduce the cost to heat our home. I'd love to hear your ideas. Thanks
Finally something I can understand, bottom line is when they advertise 6000 to 6200 Btu's it is going to use almost 2 kWh irregardless. unless you go to something with requiring 220v outlet per room. So the question is how many holes do you have in your house, can you plug them and if you use a space heater, is the delivery method efficient and safe. Thanks for the good info.
This is a sub par product and the company should be shut down. They breed on the elderly and DO NOT STAND BY THEIR PRODUCT. They make a product that can burn your house down and they don't care at all. This is why law suits are so high in this country. Companies like this that clearly know they have made a sub par product that is potentially dangerous, and it will take one large law suit to get them to stop. I am writing this review, one to stop you from giving them your hard earned money and to let others know just how dangerous their product is. Don't believe all the comments you are reading, call their help line 1800-895-0008 I know the number by heart. I have called more times then I care to think about. Let me know if you get to speak with someone. They just have a simple recording that tells you their hours of operation. I did get a hold of someone in customer service and they told me that they would have someone from customer service call me back ??????????????? WHAT???????????? 6 hours of calling and you now want have someone in customer service call me back? I 24 hours Cheryl Promised me. Needless to say that was 3 days ago. SO if you call them, please do me a favor and ask them to call Debbie back. Bob Vila you should be ashamed of yourself. Well, since no one else cares about customer service, why should we expect you. Hope you made a lot of money to attach your name to that product.
thanks for all the info on this Edenpure. I was just going on line to check up on it because I saw the comercial yesterday and was telling my boyfriend about it. These experiences made me change my mind..
Thanx to all those who having tried the product, took the time to advise others as per their experiences. This makes for an enlightened consumer and a product engineer that must compete on a nearly level playing field.


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